Manchester Policy Blogs: All posts
Offering expert insight, analysis and comment on key public policy issues.
A lonely new year: how can we prevent loneliness in older age?
16 January 2019
The post-Christmas lull is deemed to be a particularly lonely time for many individuals. As ‘Blue Monday’ fast approaches, Natalie Cotterell, PhD student in Social Statistics, discusses the challenges to successfully tackling loneliness. Approximately 14% of the UK population has reported that they often feel lonely, and this number rises to up to 73% when […]
When is a plan not a plan? Reflections on the NHS Long Term Plan.
14 January 2019
Professor Kath Checkland and Dr Jon Hammond of the University’s Health Organisation, Policy and Economics unit (HOPE) share their thoughts on the Government’s new ‘Long-Term Plan’ for the NHS. The new NHS Long Term Plan, and the investment associated with it, are welcome announcements but still fall short of most accepted definitions of ‘plan’ A full […]
Understanding antibiotic resistance: A national antibiotic prescribing dashboard for policymakers
8 January 2019
Antibiotic resistance has been a major concern of policymakers for decades, with wide-ranging impacts upon the world’s food production, sanitation, hospital treatment, and population health systems. Here, Katie McCall of Greater Manchester Connected Health City (GM CHC) discusses how their newly launched antibiotic prescribing dashboard can help healthcare stakeholders and policymakers to understand the extent […]
The return of industrial democracy: preparing the ground for dealing with wayward capitalism?
2 January 2019
Miguel Martínez Lucio, Professor in the Work and Equalities Institute and the Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester, and an expert of worker participation, trade union questions and the role of the state, discusses the renewed interest in industrial democracy and the need for a strategic plan. There is a growing interest […]
Gilets jaunes, Extinction Rebellion and neoliberal climate policy
20 December 2018
Two protest movements erupted in the UK and France on November 17th, with apparently opposite logics. Here, Matthew Paterson, Professor of International Politics in the School of Social Sciences, argues that both movements are a result of the way carbon pricing is been both regressive socially and woefully inadequate in climate terms. This centre piece […]